ANIMAL CRUELTY FEARS: Steve Roberts is concerned about animals being sold on Facebook sites.
ANIMAL CRUELTY FEARS: Steve Roberts is concerned about animals being sold on Facebook sites. Brenda Strong GLADOGG

Rogue breeders abuse system and skirt law on Facebook pages

BACKYARD breeders have been let loose on central Queensland Facebook pages, with one local dog lover claiming many of the sites don't enforce tough restrictions on selling animals.

All dogs and cats must be microchipped before sale according to council and state laws, but Steve Roberts said he had seen plenty of pets up for grabs on Facebook which weren't microchipped.

"Backyard breeders are having a field day," Mr Roberts said.

"They won't microchip because the chance of getting caught is too high, the chip will have too much detail.

"Legislation says any part pit bull must only be sold by registered breeders."

Mr Roberts said many pages outlined the laws but didn't enforce them.

He said Gladstone Region Classifieds was one of only a handful of pages that tightly monitored the sale of animals on their page.

Pets Only Gladstone Classifieds has the law written into its terms of use and suggests people abide but states it is not the page administrator's job to enforce it.

"There are so many pages popping up left, right and centre," Mr Roberts said.

He said it left the door open for people to abuse the system.